Eau Claire – The Eau Claire Express announced the addition of two Dallas Baptist University Patriots to their roster Wednesday morning with the additions of first baseman Bryce Ball and left-hand pitcher Tim Ewald.
||Mason City, IA
Bryce Ball is in the middle of his first season with Dallas Baptist after transferring to the Lone Star State from North Iowa Area CC in Mason City. Ball has had an exciting start to his spring. He is hitting .272 with 24 RBI’s and 12 extra base knocks including seven homeruns, three of which came in a single game against Oral Roberts in March. The first baseman gained NJCAA First-Team All-Region and All-District First-Team honors in 2017 while playing junior college ball and led North Iowa with 14 home runs in 2018 while hitting .294 with 44 RBI’s. Notably, Ball is the teammate of 2018 Northwoods League MVP Auggie Isaacson at DBU.
||St. Peters, MO
Ewald, a left handed hurler for the Patriots prepped at Francis Howell Central High School in Missouri where he was a three-year letter winner for the Spartans and head coach Ray Howard. Ewald was named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American, a two-time Rawlings-Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American as sophomore and Junior, and played for the Kansas City Royals scout team.
Dallas Baptist currently holds a record of 21-7 after sweeping Valparaiso in a three game set over the weekend and falling to #22 Baylor Tuesday night. The Patriots have also picked up wins over #25 Oklahoma and 2018 Big Ten Champions and NCAA Super Region qualifiers Minnesota.
The Express will begin their 2019 season with a four-game road trip to face the Larks in Bismarck before returning to Eau Claire to kick off their home schedule Junes 1st at 7:05 against the Duluth Huskies.
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.